Metis filmmaker Gil Cardinal's TIKINAGAN is a provocative account of the native child welfare system. Tikinagan, the Cree word for the cradleboards on which native parents once carried their babies, is the name of a revolutionary native run child care agency operating out of Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario. Tikinagan workers realize that the welfare of children on their reservations is in peril - gas sniffing and alcoholism are major problems -, but they must confront the residue of bitterness and distrust left by years of conflict with provincial child welfare agencies.
Directed by Gil Cardinal
Produced by James Cullingham & Peter Raymont
Public Jury Award, 1991 Nyon Documentary Festival
Eagle Spirit Award, 1991 American Indian Film Festival